Jack Coggins - Bristol Laboratories Illustrations


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Jack Coggins's artwork was used for a series of six sailing ship brochures for Bristol Laboratories in the mid 1950s, promoting a then-new broad spectrum antibiotic called Polycycline to physicians with free images "suitable for framing". (See the bottom of the page for details of Polycycline.)

These images are actually only 8.5 " x 6" (22cm x 15cm) in size, so would hardly be worth framing; however, they are excellent quality reproductions and still look good some 50 years later.

The descriptive text from the reverse of the print is shown above each image.

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This illustration of a racing sloop on a close reach, appearing on the front cover - the first in a new series of six similar illustrations which the physician may find useful for framing - is reproduced from an oil painting done expressly for Bristol Laboratories by the famous marine artist Jack Coggins.

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The illustration appearing on the front cover shows two jib-headed racing sloops on a broad reach after rounding a buoy. It is the second in a current series of six similar illustrations which the physician may find useful for framing; and is reproduced from an oil painting done expressly for Bristol Laboratories by the famous marine artist Jack Coggins.

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The illustration of a sloop, head on the wind, appearing on the front cover - the third in a current series of six similar illustrations which the physician may find useful for framing - is reproduced from an oil painting done expressly for Bristol Laboratories by the famous marine artist Jack Coggins.

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The illustration of a schooner thrashing to windward, appearing on the front cover - the fourth in a current series of six similar illustrations which the physician may find useful for framing - is reproduced from an oil painting done expressly for Bristol Laboratories by the famous marine artist Jack Coggins.

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The illustration appearing on the front cover shows aspiring International Cup Defenders in an elimination contest, dead before the wind, with spinnakers set. It is the fifth in a current series of six similar illustrations which the physician may find useful for framing; and is reproduced from an oil painting done expressly for Bristol Laboratories by the famous marine artist Jack Coggins.

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The illustration appearing on the front cover, showing sloops in a broad reach, "spinnakers away" is the last in a current series of six similar illustrations which the physician may find useful for framing; and is reproduced from an oil painting done expressly for Bristol Laboratories by the famous marine artist Jack Coggins.

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Extract from: "Penicillin and the Age of Miracles Part 2: The Rise of a Wonder Drug".
A Publication of the Community Advisory Council of Bristol-Myers Squibb - Fall 2003.

1954 – Building “a better mouse-trap.” Bristol Laboratories introduced Polycycline, the company’s brand name for the broad-spectrum antibiotic, tetracycline. Researchers at Bristol created the tetracycline molecule through fermentation, which was much less costly than the chemically-based method used by two of the competitors. Promoted as extremely safe, Polycycline proved effective against pneumonia, scarlet fever, whooping cough, gonorrhea, abscesses, certain types of meningitis, typhus dysentery and some large viruses.


All Artworks Copyright © Jack Coggins